For the third season, Kacie Jenkins will coach both the Clinton-Massie and Wilmington swim teams.
The Falcons have competed in the Hour of Power Relay meet for 15 seasons. The meet raises money for Sarcoma research. Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer.
Jenkins said Clinton-Massie swimmers must improve their endurance and ability to get off the blocks fast. If those areas get better, Jenkins believes the team can qualify a relay and several individuals to the district meet at Miami University.
Whether goals are reached or not, Jenkins knows it won’t be for a lack of trying or camaraderie.
“I love how this team is like a family,” she said. “They push each other in practice and help each other work through many situations not only about swimming but also about life.”
In this her 12th season, Jenkins said there are nine returning letterwinners for Clinton-Massie. The top swimmers returning will be Malea Beam, Ellie Smith, Erin Belisle and Quinton Smith.
A newcomer to note is Kyle Frary.
Bailee Williams is the top swimmer not returning this season.
Jenkins said Quinton Smith is one of the leaders on the Massie swim team.
“Quinton is respectful to both his coach and his teammates,” Jenkins said. “He is encouraging and helps others to become motivated during meets and practice.”
Jenkins added Madison Robinson is a leader who takes initiative to help others in a non-degrading way. “Madison is reliable, coachable and encouraging to her teammates.”